Thursday, March 05, 2009

Whatever happened to Mendelssohn?

What is it about Felix Mendelssohn that so habitually slips the mind? For most of the 19th century, Mendelssohn was considered the equal of Beethoven and Bach. For much of the 20th, his music was known to at least as many listeners as the Beatles – if not the Anglican hymn O for the Wings of a Dove, then the obligatory Wedding March. His violin concerto is the saccharine test for every virtuoso and his Scottish Symphony is that country’s best-known musical evocation.

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1 comment:

Rue St. Michel said...

The thing I love about Mendelssohn is that he had a small shack built 100 yards from his home, and then had a piano rolled into it.

He then told his wife and kids to leave him alone for 10 hours each day so he could work.

He produced some of his best work during that period.

I wish I could have such testicular fortitude....I'd be much more productive.